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Michigan Cops Can Legally Have Sex with Human Trafficking Victims During Investigations

Michigan — As 14 states draft up bills to grant privileged status to police officers with Blue Lives Matter laws, one state, in particular, is magnitudes worse in regards to the atrocities their cops can legally commit. In Michigan, police are granted immunity from prosecution if they have sex with a prostitute or a sex trafficking victim during an investigation. Seriously.

As the Free Thought Project previously reported in 2014, Honolulu police officers urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations. For years, these two states allowed their cops to have sex with prostitutes and victims of human trafficking while at the same time arresting these women.

Hawaii has since gotten rid of their law and, thanks to Bridgette Carr, a director of the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, Michigan is on the chopping block next.

Carr told Michigan Radio she became aware of the exemption a couple of years ago when Hawaii was “phasing out their exemption.”

“And a number of folks in the human trafficking community were upset that Michigan retained the exemption,” she told the station.

Cops who abuse this ridiculous law say they need the legal protection to catch lawbreakers. Critics, however, including human trafficking experts and other police, say it’s unnecessary and can further victimize sex workers, many of whom have been forced into the trade.

“The reason the law is structured the way it is is because of the way the prostitution laws are written,” Carr said. “So for law enforcement to have any power to investigate with immunity, they got all the power. And no one thought to go back and carve out a prohibition against sexual intercourse.”

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According to Carr, some police claim they know about this law while others do not.

“No police officer or prosecutor that I spoke with said, ‘That’s a tool that we use in our training or that’s what we expect our law enforcement to be doing,’” she said.

However, according to Carr, some victims of police persecution say that cops use this law to threaten prostitutes and human trafficking victims.

“What I do know from my own clients is that people who either say they are cops, who are cops or who are impersonating cops, know about this exemption and threaten my clients with it sometimes,” she said. “It’s not rampant, but it happens. And I think it says something about us as a community that we would allow this type of exemption for law enforcement, whether it’s used very often or not.”

In the Land of the Free, it is against the law to get paid to have sex, unless that sex is filmed, distributed on DVD, and taxed. One of the least talked about systems of oppression in the US is that of persecuting prostitutes. Think about it. The group prosecuting sex workers are allowed to engage in sex with that person and then arrest them for it. It is brutal hypocrisy.

It is important to note when referencing prostitution, we are talking about the mutually beneficial exchange of sexual favors for money by two or more consenting partners — not forced human trafficking.

It’s called the “oldest profession in the world” for a reason. Sex is a basic human need. One need only observe the explosive population growth of humans in the last 10,000 years to see that desire to mate is inherent in each and every one one of us.

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When one takes this into consideration, the notion of outlawing consensual sex is seen for what it is — sheer insanity. And, it leads to situations like we see in Michigan, where cops grant themselves special privileges to engage in it.

Just like the war on drugs creates crime by pushing the constant demand for illicit substances into the black market, the war on the sex trade creates crime in the same manner. It is time to end both of them.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. , Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • tz1

    Consensual? This is the strange stuff like California has for on campus hookups.
    “If she says ‘no’ at any time it’s rape”? We can’t straighten out consent on campus (Rolling Stone, Mattress Girl) yet somehow we can do it if cash is involved?
    Married couples are breaking their vows – contract – if they have sex with another partner.
    There’s STDs and abortion – will they pay for HIV treatment? And the child conceived didn’t consent to the act nor to being murdered.

    Sex is NOT a basic human need – you don’t die if you abstain. But I guess if it is a “need” we need the government to allow EBT cards to pay for it.

    No one really wants to have an honest discussion. Everyone wants sex without any RESPONSIBILITY (horrors!) so the medical, emotional, or other wreckage is glossed over.

    • Tylek T’sarran

      Your fear is noted. It is, however, no just cause for forcing your will upon another.

      • tz1

        I’m not sure what you think I fear as I did not use that word.
        There is also no just cause for forcing anarchocapitalism or volunteerism on me.

        • Gary Smith

          “There is also no just cause for forcing anarchocapitalism or volunteerism on me.”

          I’m assuming you’re referring to voluntaryism, since you’ve lumped it together with anarcho capitalism. Regardless, voluntaryism and volunteerism both require the absence of coercion. That’s what makes them voluntary.

          The idea that someone would (or even could) force anarcho capitalism or volunteerism/voluntaryism on another is nonsensical.

          • Tylek T’sarran

            Thanks. Trying to explain simple vocabulary to the backwards is beyond my wherewithal at times.

    • Melissa Rowell

      Sex is a basic human need. There are plenty of honest discussions going on, you just don’t like what’s being said. Whether or not someone breaks their vows, gets an std, or had an abortion, that’s their business and it doesn’t effect you. People should have sex because they want to. Not because theyre forced. Not by police, or customers, or a husband. The fact that Hawaii and Michigan sought to keep these laws tells me something is very wrong in those states. There is absolutely no need to have sex while they are on the job. I don’t care what they’re excuse is. They are taking their job too far. This is just an excuse to abuse their authority and f– that. This is corruption and victimization, plain and simple. Law enforcement should ALWAYS BE HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD OF LAW. NOT ALLOWED TO BREAK IT. YOU CANNOT UPHOLD THE LAW AND BREAK IT TOO. OF THEY DON’T HAVE TO OBEY THE LAW, THEN NEITHER SHOULD WE. How important could upholding a law be, if it doesn’t apply to everyone. In other words, if it’s ok for them to sleep with prostitutes, then what does it hurt if anyone else does? I’m not advocating that. I’m just making a point.

      • Gary Smith

        “How important could upholding a law be, if it doesn’t apply to everyone.”

        The law does not apply to everyone. The rule of law is a myth – it does not exist.

        This is one reason why I ignore the law. I don’t say that to be crass or paint myself as some sort of rebel. I don’t say it because I want to be seen as a criminal. I am none of these things. I say it because the law ignores morality, and I do not.

        If everyone would ignore the law, and instead followed their own conscience and understood it to be FAR superior to any law, try to imagine how much better off we’d be.

      • tz1

        You won’t die without sex so it CANNOT be a basic human need.
        Nymphomania is a psychosis, a disease that needs to be treated, not indulged.
        I can say equally that cigarettes or alcohol are “basic human needs” on the same basis as sex – I feel bad if I don’t get them. So there should be no restrictions or regulation on those, and if taxpayers are subsidizing Sandra Fulke’s contraception, they should also pay my bar tab.

        As to the police abuses, I agree they are abuses, but this is merely a small form of entrapment (which European law rejects and is recent in US history). Threatening to hurt or kill someone if they don’t do a crime, or befriending, etc. (Randy Weaver) is another way. Informants are another problem. Get paid to have sex with prostitutes, then turn them in and testify against them! The whole system needs reform.

        The problem on one level is pro-active policing that trys to find or even manufacture crimes, and thus criminals, instead of being reactive where they wait for some crime to be committed and reported.

        We used to have “red light districts” where vice was kept discreet and away from families, and where such activity was ignored when it didn’t create a nuisance.

  • Georgann Putintsev

    This Michigan Law doesn’t surprise me when you understand how bad Gerald Ford was and how corrupt the Police Chief & Police from District 5 in Michigan were. They were augmenting prostitution & pedophila. How he got promoted up through the Republican Party; because, they knew his sexual preferences for rough sex with girls & young women. I heard he was more corrupt than Nixon and had a bigger Mob Machine behind him and he was more than willing to play the dark NWO game. There’s a telling picture of him & President Johnson eye balling each other when there was a photo op for all those on the Warren Commission. A State where the Michigan Governor gets to poison people and also get them to pay for his defense.

  • Ibcamn

    what pathetic cowards,self serving,all this came about when a cop got caught having sex with an underage prostitute,so they changed the law[s] to fit what these cops wanted,to have sex with prostitutes and yet be able to arrest them and they walk free while all the johns get arrested and put up on a website for the whole city to see,why not the cops,why aren’t they displayed on the same website for the same thing with the same women,hmm….corruption,one cop gets caught with underage prostitute and they change the law[s] to fit themselves…sounds like self serving cowards on the prowl.no wonder they never have a problem with recruting officers for this shit job of busting prostitutes and johns….wonder how many were councilmen and judges and lawyers and cops and detectives and such that were caught in the act…i guess we’ll never know….this was created to get the cops off,nothing more.sick fucks they are.criminals,all of the cops are nothing more than criminals.

  • Tony Mitchell

    I never knew that an erection can be a policing tool.

  • ben dover

    Yep and we can legally execute corrupt PIGS who break the laws!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sakonya1

    Any activist fighting this insane law needs to make sure, that all the wives and significant others, of the officers, in the states that allow this, know that this law is in effect. Involve them in the fight to repeal this part of the law!

  • Patrick Wise

    Protection racket, who’s going to protect us from our protectors?